Records of Roman Census


#1

Do any records survive of the census mentioned in Luke?


#2

Well a quick google search pulled up a couple of neat sites

csun.edu/~hcfll004/romancensus.html was neat but didn’t cite it’s original source.

I’ve looked for information about the census before and I think Origen and Justin Martyr mentioned census records in Rome recording Jesus but I can’t find them now, or perhaps it was Tertullian and Ireaneus. I thought New Advent’s site had some details about it but I can’t find the page right now.


#3

The census mentioned in Luke’s Gospel posses some difficulties. Both Matthew and Luke put Jesus’ birth during the reign of Herod the Great who died in 4 BC. However the first Roman census including Judea was the Census of Quirinius, which was conducted around AD 6.


#4

Here’s some interesting information:

On Quirinius

ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/p_greetham/wisemen/chron1.html

On Herod the Great

ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/p_greetham/wisemen/chron2.html


#5

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